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Steve Spurrier: Urban Meyer back to being himself

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier was like the rest of the college football world. He tuned in with interest to the first-ever College Football Playoff National Championship last Monday night.

Spurrier said he was rooting for Oregon, but not necessarily because he was against Urban Meyer or Ohio State.

"Oregon had never won (a national championship) and Marcus Mariota is a first-class young man," Spurrier explained. "Ohio State had already won a bunch of them, and Urban had already won a bunch of them. I was fine with Urban winning another one. But since Oregon had never won it, I was sort of for them.

"I told somebody, though, that Ohio State would probably win it. I knew Urban would have those guys so ready to play. In the big games, he doesn't lose many of them."

Indeed, Meyer is now 8-3 in national championship games, conference championship games and/or BCS bowl games.

"He only lost that one SEC championship game to (Nick) Saban, so that's five out of six SEC or national championship games that he's won," Spurrier said. "A lot of us would like to have that record."

Of course, with the Head Ball Coach, there's usually a punch line of sorts in there somewhere.

"I know one thing," Spurrier continued. "South Carolina beat Urban for the (SEC) Eastern Division championship in 2010. He wasn't himself, though, in 2010. That's after he quit and came back and they'd told him to try and relax and let his assistants do most of the coaching.

"He wasn't really himself then. But he's back to being himself, and I suspect he'll win a few more."